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22 - 24 May 2019, International Conference on Simplicities & Complexities, Bonn, Germany

Date: 22 - 24 May 2019
Location: Bonn, Germany
Deadline: Tuesday 15 January 2019

Throughout the 20th century the sciences have approached more and more complex phenomena, in tune with the increased social relevance of scientific knowledge. The perceived need to address complexity head-on has led to a broader reaction against simplification and reductionism within the sciences. However, if simplicity, in its various outfits, has proven an unreliable guide, what should it be replaced with? Looking at the various strategies of addressing complexity in the sciences and the disciplines reflecting upon them, it appears that the notion is at least as variegated as simplicity.

The aim of the conference is to analyze, differentiate, and connect the various notions and practices of simplicity and complexity, in physics as well as in other sciences. We invite contributors from a spectrum of disciplines, scientists and scholars reflecting on their respective and neighboring research fields, as well as historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science investigating the epistemologies, practices, and discourses of fellow epistemic communities. The conference will thrive on intense discussion surpassing disciplinary boundaries.

The organizing committee invites abstract submissions on the theme of the conference. Submissions are welcome from the broad spectrum of scientific fields. In addition to being considered for giving a contributing talk, all submissions will also be considered for our essay competition (unless requested otherwise).

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